Webster 1913 Edition
content, fr. L.
contentus, p. p. of
contenireto hold together, restrain. See
Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest.
Having food and rai ment, let us be therewith
1 Tim. vi. 8.
(kŏn′tĕnt or kŏn-tĕnt′; 277),
; usually in pl.,
That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits;
contentsof a cask or bale or of a room; the
contentsof a book
I shall prove these writings . . . authentic, and the
contentstrue, and worthy of a divine original.
Power of containing; capacity; extent; size.
Strong ship’s, of great
Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits;
content, figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom.
Table of contents, or
a table or list of topics in a book, showing their order and the place where they may be found: a summary.
contentare, fr. L.
contentus, p. p. See
To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please.
contentyourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained.
Pilate, willing to
contentthe people, released Barabbas unto them.
Mark xv. 15.
To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.
Syn. – To satisfy; appease; please. See
Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness.
Such is the fullness of my heart's
Acquiescence without examination.
The sense they humbly take upon
That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
So will I in England work your grace's full
(Eng. House of Lords)
An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes “Content.”.
Supposing the number of “
Contents” and “Not contents” strictly equal in number and consequence.
Webster 1828 Edition
Content with science in the vale of peace.
Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6.
1.To satisfy the mind; to make quiet, so as to stop complaint or opposition; to appease; to make easy in any situation; used chiefly with the reciprocal pronoun.
Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be obtained.
Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas. Mark 15.
2.To please or gratify.
It doth much content me, to hear him so inclined.
1.Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.
A wise content his even soul securd; By want not shaken, nor by wealth allurd.
2.Acquiescence; satisfaction without examination.
The style is excellent; the sense they humbly take upon content.
3.The term used in the House of Lords in England, to express an assent to a bill or motion.
1.Often in the plural, contents. That which is contained; the thing or things held, included or comprehended within a limit or line; as the contents of a cask or bale; of a room or a ship; the contents of a book or writing.
2.In geometry, the area or quantity of matter or space included in certain lines.
3.The power of containing; capacity; extent within limits; as a ship of great content.
[But in this sense the plural is generally used.]